Nor West News : January 8th 2015
4 NOR-WEST NEWS, JANUARY 8, 2015 NEWS Pets bring smiles to elderly By CARYN WIGMORE Dementia patient Pat Dodge appears to be lost in her own world – almost as if she is asleep. But when she is handed a soft rabbit to cuddle, the 93-year-old wakes up and breaks into a heart-warming grin. ‘‘It’s a really beautiful thing to see,’’ Radius Taupaki Gables clinical coordinator Emma Venables says. Laurel Winwood manages the aged care facility where elderly residents are encouraged to keep pets, and animals are even brought in to visit. Animals keep patients moving through caring for the pets and provide companionship without the need to strike up conversation. Winwood says she sees the most benefits in pet therapy for dementia patients who really seem to come to life when a rabbit or cat is placed on their lap or bed. Four cats and several chickens live on the Taupaki premises which gets a lot of referrals because of its open door pet policy. SPCA and St John out- reach volunteer Elaine Turner visits every fortnight with rabbits, lambs and goats. Sixty-four-year-old Turner grew up surrounded by animals and loved them as much as her father, a St John Ambulance officer. A visit from Turner and her animal menagerie brightens the residents’ day, Venables says. ‘‘Some of them sleep all day but as soon as Elaine comes in with the rabbits they’re wide awake and know what to do. It’s pretty special.’’ Joyce Hosking adopted a tortoiseshell cat called Pumpkin which would sleep on her bed and visit fellow residents at the facility in Taupaki Rd. ‘‘She was already here when I came,’’ Hosking recalls. ‘‘I really missed her when she died.’’ Now Hosking is yearning a replacement kitten. Animals welcome: Radius Taupaki Gables resident Joyce Hosking cuddles the rabbit of SPCA and St John outreach volunteer Elaine Turner. www.stuff.co.nz Study looks at neck pain Suffering from neck pain? Two osteopathy students are inviting volunteers to take part in their study run from Kumeu. Freya Scollay of Kumeu and Naomi Andrews of Muriwai are master of osteopathy students at Unitec. They are researching if pilates and yoga are beneficial for neck pain when combined with the exercises manual therapists advise. They will study three Photo: CARYNWIGMORE groups – pilates and home based exercises, yoga with home based exercises or home based exercises only. ❚ Email Freya or Naomi at unitecneckpainstudy@gmail. com if you are interested in volunteering. Mt Tabor artists show their painting ability with corrugated iron Artists from the Mt Tabor Trust are proud of their pieces which appear in the 2014-2015 exhibition at the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens. The trust supports adults in Helensville and Henderson who live with learning difficulties. Large corrugated iron pieces have been painted and cut up to spell out ‘‘ability’’ but also conceal the letters ‘‘dis’’. ‘‘This leaves the viewer free to see ability or disability when they view this piece,’’ Helensville Art Centre co-ordinator Pauline Denton says. Winged wonder: Maggie Hogan sits amid decorative flightless birds made by Agnes Ward which appear in the exhibition A set of flightless birds by artist Agnes Ward has been created for the display and set within a garden as they peep out from among the plants. Helensville Lions donated funds for the corrugated Letters lesson: Pauline Denton, the Helensville Art Centre co-ordinator, with the Mt Tabor Trust’s ‘‘ABILITY’’ display at the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens. iron. The exhibition runs until November 2015. All the sculptures are available for purchase ❚ Contact Pauline on 021 073 8372 or Kaipara Coast Plant Centre on 09 420 5655, email info@kai- paracoast.co.nz or go to kaiparacoast.co.nz for more information about the display.
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